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Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

Naropa Audio Archives

The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.

The collection represents several generations of artists who have contributed to aesthetic and cultural change in the postmodern era. The Naropa University Archive Project seeks to enhance appreciation and understanding of post-World War II American literature and its role in social change, cultural criticism, and the literary arts through widespread dissemination of the actual voices of the poets and writers of this period. Current interest in Oriental religions, environmentalism, political activism, ethnic studies, and women's consciousness is directly indebted to the work of these New American Poets, writers and musicians.

Funding for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Save America's Treasures, the GRAMMY Foundation, the Internet Archive, the Collaborative Digitization Program, and private donors. If this collection is important to you please help us preserve it with your donations.

For more information visit our web site at www.naropaarchive.org or email us at archive@naropa.edu.

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Nov 23, 2019 Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature
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Jul 31, 2019 Collom, Jack
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Jack Collom reads a long piece on eco-literature followed by cut-ups and a question and answer session.
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Topics: New American Poetry, performance poetry, experimental writing, ecoliterature
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Dec 22, 2018 Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on utopian communities in America, including a 17th century community of mystics founded by Johannes Kelpius and known as The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness. Wilson divides communities into two types: platonic (based on an authoritarian, usually Christian, ideology) and anti-platonic (based on autonomy and equality). He evaluates communities according to how they perceive nature and wilderness, putting his discussion in the context of the differences in...
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Sep 1, 2018 Campbell, Duncan; diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Giorno, John; Trungpa Rinpoche, Chogyam; Waldman, Anne
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A lecture and reading with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane diPrima and John Giorno. The talks include Trungpa Rinpoche on Tibetan poetry, fundamental craziness, how to be a poet, and an exerpt of a Trungpa Rinpoche question and answer session. The readings include Trungpa Rinpoche's "Cynical Letter," Ginsberg's "Energy Vampire," Waldman's "Fast Speaking Woman," diPrima's "Ave," and Giorno's "Suicide Sutra." The...
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Jan 5, 2018 Eshleman, Clayton
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A lecture with Clayton Eshleman including readings from Aime Cesaire's Notebook of a Return to the Native Land with topics including Martinique life, thematic narrative, surrealism, translation, neologisms, movements within it. He also reads from Les Armes Miraculeuses and Corp, then discusses how Cesaire's poetry influences his own work.
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Topics: New American Poetry, negritude
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Feb 14, 2017 Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture about the art of Sufi traveling. He focuses on travel in the world of Islam, discussing the history of nomadic travel and tradition. He relates several anecdotes about Ibn Arabi and recites a Sufi traveling song. (Continues on 91P150)
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Feb 14, 2017 Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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Second half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture about the art of Sufi traveling. He continues his discussion on nomads followed by a brief talk about the travels of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. He ends the lecture discussing the future of travel. (Continued from 91P149)
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Aug 17, 2016 Whalen, Philip
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A Philip Whalen class on Virginia Woolf. Whalen discusses Woolf's biography, including her death, her journals and letters, and her novels, including To the Lighthouse and The Waves. Whalen also reads and discusses excerpts from Woolf's works.
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Jun 7, 2016 Rothenberg, Jerome
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Jerome Rothenberg traces the tradition of the new, from indigenous poetic traditions through mysticism and modernism. Rothenberg opens and closes the class by performing his own translations of Native American chant/ song/ sound poems. Here, Rothenberg focuses on intersections between Western poetic works and traditional indigenous poetic works. (Continued from 76p030.) Keywords: New American Poetry, ethnopoetics, oral literature, language and culture
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May 8, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institue April 3, 1980. Ginsberg begins by discussing the prosody of Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos, reading #80 in full, then segues into the bulk of the lecture centered around the prosody of English poet Ben Jonson. This is class 20 of 33.
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May 8, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute March 27, 1980. Ginsberg begins discussing the prosody of Robert Creeley then segues into the bulk of the lecture centered around the poetry of the English Metaphysical poet John Donne. This is class 19 of 33.
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May 3, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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A continuation of a Basic Poetics Class taught by Allen Ginsbergin 1980 at Naropa. In this class Ginsberg covers William Shakespeare's Sonnets. Topics include reading the sonnets as a novel of a love triangle between Shakespear, a young man, and the Dark Lady. Some works discussed and read include Sonnets 20 (the key to the sonnets), 18, 29, 33, 57 (the S and M sonnet), 64, 65, 73, 94, 116, 129, 144, 147, 152, and 153. This is class 16 of 33.
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May 3, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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This is the 17th session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at the Naropa Institute. In this class, Ginsberg reads and discusses a number of songs by Shakespeare. During the last part of the class the students recite spontaneous poems. This is class 17 of 33.
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Apr 27, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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The eleventh in a series of a basic poetics class taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa. In this class he continues his discussion of Basil Bunting, Campion and Dowland. Works read and discussed include Thou Must Home to Shadow Underground and Follow Thy Fair Sun by Campion. This is class 11 of 33.
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Apr 25, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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The fourth in a series of a basic poetics class taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa. In this class he continues his discussion of Old English poetry stressing this time the alliterative aspects of the verse. Also included is Old Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse such as Beowulf and Sir Gwain and the Green Knight then shifts into The Age of Anxiety by W. H. Auden (who in this 100 pg. poem uses Old English meter and Anglo-Saxon alliteration) to draw a fine juxtaposition in the evolution and...
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Apr 22, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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This is the 3rd session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at the Naropa Institute. In this class, Ginsberg discusses H. Phelps Putnam, and reads Putnam's Hasbrook and the rose. He then reads and discusses Geoffrey Chaucer's Merciless beauty in conjunction with Ezra Pound's Cantos 81. After discussing alliteration and other aspects of verse, he reads and discusses Pound's translation of The sea-farer. He reads three different versions of Langland's Piers Plowman, and...
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Apr 21, 2016 Ginsberg, Allen
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The third class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. Ginsberg begins the class with a discussion of Walt Whitman's Song of myself. This is follow-up from the previous class. He reads portions and discusses the evidence of Whitman's ego and then discusses negative capability. The class then turns to Fernando Pessoa, and poems including Salutation to Walt Whitman, Poem in a straight line, and Tobacco shop are read and discussed. The class reads and talks about Frederico Garcia...
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Jan 24, 2015 Dorn, Ed
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Ed Dorn finishes his reading with "Period Westerns" and "An Opinion on a Matter of Public Safety."
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Jan 31, 2013 Coolidge, Clark
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A Clark Coolidge lecture on Samuel Beckett, with particular focus on Beckett's prose. Much of the lecture is Coolidge performing a cut-up reading of Beckett's lesser-known, many unpublished, prose works.
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First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels.
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Feb 28, 2011 Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on the role of the poet in interpreting archaeology, anthropology, and human pre-history. He encourages poets to get involved in learning about these fields and taking on the task of interpreting the evidence, since scientists are reluctant to draw conclusions about the past. Wilson believes that we should move beyond interdisciplinary studies to what he calls "anti-categorization." During the course of the lecture he outlines some of his own ideas about...
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Jul 11, 2010 Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, and Steven Taylor. This portion of the reading features Waldman and Ginsberg. (Continued from 89P045)
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Mar 17, 2010 Snyder, Gary
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Gary Snyder class. Snyder discusses tips for writing poetry, several editing processes, and some Japanese Zen literary advice. He also reads several translations of Chinese poems, talks about Gregory Bateson and Wendell Barry, and reads Kenneth Roxroth's translation of a poem called "Full Moon."
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Oct 25, 2009 Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An interview with William S. Burroughs for Loka magazine with additional commentary by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The interview covers topics such as government, the New Age movement, identity, biology, cloning, war, escapism, and gurus. Keywords: beat generation, political poetry, activist poetry
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Oct 25, 2009 Burroughs, William S.
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A William S. Burroughs reading compiled from a number of works. Burroughs covers topics from miracles and magic to the Titanic, narcotics, the supernatural and hospitals.
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Sep 8, 2009 Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.
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Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, feminist poetry, beat movement, political poetry
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Jan 24, 2009 Burroughs, William S.
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First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place...
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Oct 12, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued from 84P022)
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Sep 8, 2008 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Ginsberg, Allen; Zamora, Daisy
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Daisy Zamora and Lawrence Ferlinghetti read original poetry, Allen Ginsberg reads poems by Nicanor Parra. Zamora's poems also read in English included, "Death's Makeup," and "What Hands in my Hands."
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Jul 23, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg discusses the importance of and references in Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues. Plays significant portion of a reading Kerouac did, accompanied by a jazz pianist.
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Jun 25, 2008 Cope, David; Micheline, Jack; Orlovsky, Peter
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This is one of the evening readings of the Kerouac Conference. David Cope reads a selection of poems, they are from a recent book that is published as well as old and new work. Then Jack Micheline reads. I very powerful performance that combines sounds of jazz and his unique way of living. The Orlovsky reads one poem as a favor to the audience. The evening ends.[by Ann] An open reading with David Cope, Jack Micheline, and Peter Orlovsky in a mall in Boulder, Colorado. Cope's selections include...
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Apr 24, 2008 Grauerholz, James
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A lecture, "Naropa: The Good ol' Days," given by James Grauerholz at Naropa University June 17 2003. Grauerholz spends the majority of the lecture giving anecdotes about the early years of Naropa focusing mostly on William Burroughs Sr. and his son Billy Burroughs Jr. After the lecture Grauerholz opens up the floor for questions.
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Allen Ginsberg class on Beat literary history of the 1950's, discussing William S. Burroughs's book Junky and his first meeting with Herman Hunke. Ginsbergs discusses passages from the book, including teaheads (page 17), informers (page 47), fags (page 72), the Rio Grande Valley (page 105) and interzone prototypes (page 111). Part 2 of a 20 part series.
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Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues."
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Apr 24, 2008 Snyder, Gary
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Gary Snyder gives a class as the first of a four class series during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. Snyder discusses the origins of literature and its evolution in pre-literate and literate societies. He talks about the differences between poetry and prose, emphasizing the musicality of poetry. He also discusses various forms of literature that exist throughout the world, such as sacred and secular song.
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Apr 23, 2008 Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
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A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature
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Apr 17, 2008 Baraka, Amiri; Ginsberg, Allen; Orlovsky, Peter; Ortiz, Simon
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Simon Ortiz reads from Fight Back and from Sand Creek. Peter Orlifsky plays a song on banjo, then monologues seeming improved. Diane Di Prima is wished a happy 50th birthday. Allen Ginsberg sings a few songs which are sound like earlier versions than found on Holy Soul Jelly Roll box set, and reads White Shroud. Amiri Baraka delivers a good performance with poems centered around African American history (wise) and Jazz.
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Apr 16, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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The second tape in a two tape series covering political poetics and the Russian poets. Also included are readings of the work of Pablo Neruda and the conept of imagination and emotional breakthrough.
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Mar 31, 2008 Snyder, Gary
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This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works.
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Mar 28, 2008 Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Jones, Hettie; Kyger, Joanne; Vega, Janine Pommy
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A panel of four women writers from the Beat Generation, including Joanne Kyger, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Hettie Jones, and Janine Pommy Vega, discuss their own work and influences as well as the context and history of the Beat Generation, and their role within that context.
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Feb 8, 2008 Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Orlovsky, Peter; Rowan, Peter; Waldman, Anne; Whalen, Philip
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A reading and musical performance by Allen Ginsberg, Peter Rowan, Michael Brownstein, Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky, and Anne Waldman. The reading serves as a fundraiser for Naropa.
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Feb 4, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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Tape 6 of an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg discusses the lives and writing of Anna Akhmatova and Sergey Yesenin.
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Jan 23, 2008 Smith, Harry
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Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology.
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Topics: spirituality and literature, mysticism
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Jan 21, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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The first class in an Allen Ginsberg course on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg opens the class with a brief history of the topics of courses he has taught in the past. He then explains his expectations for this course and the material he plans to cover in the sourcebook/anthology he is compiling. He then reads Geza Roheim's Children of the desert, Shelley's Hymn to intellectual beauty, Ode to the West Wind and the end of Adonais. The class discusses rhythm and the expansive breath and how it...
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Jan 18, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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Tape 4 of an 11 Tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on the Futurists, Dadaists, and other literary movents as well as readings of work by such writers as Vladamir Klebnikov and Kurt Schwitters.
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Jan 14, 2008 Ginsberg, Allen
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Tape 8 of an 11 tape series of Allen Ginsbergs class on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on Surrealism and concepts of language and the imagination as well as readings of works by such writers as Tristan Tzara, Philip Lamantia, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Vitezslav Nezval, Philippe Soupeau, Francis Picabia, and Benjamin Perret.
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Dec 16, 2007 Smith, Harry
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A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment.
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Topics: mysticism, consciousness
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Nov 6, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, featuring Ginsberg songs "Guru Blues," and "Gospel Noble Truths," a few Ginsberg poems, and two poems by McClure. (Continued from 76p107.) Keywords: New American Poetry, beat movement, West Coast poetry, music and literature
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Oct 19, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 29, 1980. Ginsberg spends the majority of the class fielding questions from the class and discussing the practice of writing with regards to his own work and the work of his peers. Ginsberg ends the class by singing sections of Blake's "The Songs Of Innocence and of Experience." This is class 33 of 33.
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Oct 18, 2007 Bateson, Gregory
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71U031 is part 1 of Gregory Bateson's 1971 lecture on consciousness and psychopathology.
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Oct 8, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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This is the second part to a class from 88P045. Tape begins with Allen Ginsberg and his class discussing images to create text and cliche and the faults associated with insecurity of self image related to writing. Discussion evolves to mention Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Kerouac and their candid nature and the consequences or beauties associated with recreating reality. The class then moves on to language poets and what they embody with a student reading Stephen Rodefer's...
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Oct 8, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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This is a class that Allen Ginsberg taught at the Naropa Institute in 1988 on Improvised Poetics. Ginsberg instructs students in several writing and visualization exercises in order for them to engage mind and its structure and form. He also reads Kerouac's essay, "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose," and then discusses Kerouac and Neil Cassidy stories and techniques extensively with the class. The story of how "First thought, best thought" came about as a play between Chogyam...
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Sep 29, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen; Rothenberg, Jerome
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Rothenberg class on the voice. They introduce a variety of voice recordings, including poetry in multiple languages, sound poetry, and chanting. They also discuss theories on voice, and the effects of high frequencies as theorized by Antonin Artaud. Ginsberg and Rothenberg comment on the importance of each recording, its place in history, and perform other selected works. (Continued from 85P020)
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Sep 27, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg concludes his reading at the Naropa Institute, featuring "Sincerity rap" and a notebook entry for the day of the reading, 7/21/1985.
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Sep 26, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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This is an odd tape project on one side of a tape that appears to be a private conversation between Ginsberg and other artists that are not names. The conversation is interupted by Phone Calls and abruptly ends. There is a long silence and then there are two songs that are poorly produced that are not given names. Both f these songs appear on the album "Capitol Raspberry". The tape ends in mid-lyric.
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Sep 1, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick...
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, visionary poetry, performance poetry
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Aug 30, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg lecture on poetry, reading and discussing the lyrics to some of Bob Dylan's songs, talking about how to arrange lines of poetry on a page, and how phrasing relates to ideas and breath. Ginsberg looks at his own poem, "Wichita vortex sutra," and touches on the work of William Carlos Williams, Gregory Corso, and Kurt Schwitters's Concrete poetry. Part of a course series by Ginsberg in fall 1983.
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Jul 23, 2007 Creeley, Robert
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Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley discussing family relations, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Ted Berrigan, Charles Olson and syntax, Cole's Island, and Ginsberg's "Laughing Gas." (First half of this lecture is currently not available.)
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Apr 26, 2007 Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that "Life is a cut up." He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street.
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Jan 10, 2007 Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
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A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor. The recording includes: Ginsberg accompanied by Taylor performing "1948: A Western Ballad," Hawkins's "Middle-Aged Woman Stardust Rap," and Waldman accompanied by Taylor performing "Contra Chant." Also included is an untitled song performed by Taylor.
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Topics: New American Poetry, Beat Movement, political poetry, Buddhism, performance poetry, Naropa...
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Oct 21, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class .
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
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Oct 3, 2006 Carroll, Jim
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A reading by Jim Carroll, includes musical perfomances with accompaniment by Steven Taylor, of the Fugs, at the Boulder Museum of Contempary Art (BMoCA). The performance includes Carroll's "Facts," "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain," "Train Surfing" and "People Who Died."
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Topics: New American Poetry, political poetry, music and literature, performance poetry
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An Andrei Codrescu lecture on surrealism and the suggestions of the unconsciousness. Codrescu discuses what surrealism is, automatic writing, William S. Burroughs, and cut-ups. Codrescu also reads from his book, The Disappearance of the Outside. The lecture concludes with a question and answer period.
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First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) lecture on the temporary autonomous zone, or the pleasures of disappearance. Wilson looks at the ways in which individuals and groups have created alternatives or found refuges from dominant repressive social realities. He gives examples of groups who created islands of autonomy in repressive cultures, such as pirates and colonists who joined the colonized. He also looks at how artists and writers have achieved temporary autonomous zones in...
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Jul 11, 2006 Mayer, Bernadette
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First half of a Bernadette Mayer class on experimental techniques in writing and other arts. She reads some of the writing of Tristan Tzara, Antonin Artaud, Eric Satie, Gertrude Stein, and others, and discusses Dada, the unconscious, cut-ups, and sentence structure. (Continues on 78P082)
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Jun 1, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael
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First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, beat movement, music and literature
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May 28, 2006 Baraka, Amiri
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A lecture by Amiri Baraka on the politics of poetics. The lecture ends with a question and answer period covering topics such as jism and jazz, grants in music, whores, hypocrisy, Bob Dylan, and Noam Chomsky.
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Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, protest poetry, Black Arts Movement
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May 23, 2006 Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An Allen Ginsberg class on poetry.with topics including the poetry of Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Hart Crane, and Charles Reznikoff, and the role of consciousness and the senses in modernism.
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Topics: New American Poetry, modernism, beat movement, consciousness and literature
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Apr 24, 2006 Taylor, Steven
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First half of a Steven Taylor lecture on the history of music, beginning with music in ancient Egypt, Sumer, and Greece and moving on to the evolution of music in European countries. He discusses the Greek modes and plays examples of music from different periods. The lecture ends with a recording of an Ed Sanders musical setting of a latin phrase. (Continued on 86P053)
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Mar 24, 2006 diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Waldman's "Fast Speaking Woman," Ginsberg's "A Manifesto," and diPrima's "Loba." (Continues on 74p009.)
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Mar 24, 2006 diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Ginsberg's "Stay Away from the White House," "Waldman's "Empty Speech" and diPrima reading from "Revolutionary Letters." (Continued from 74p008.)
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Mar 17, 2006 Codrescu, Andrei
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Lecture by Andrei Codrescu focusing on writing and publishing, especially as it relates to his experience in Romania. He discusses publishing with a focus on small presses run by writers. The lecture follows Codrescu's personal history, moving to New York in the 1960s where he encountered the mimeograph as a printing press. The talk continues with the end of the mimeograph era and the beginning of the perfect bound printing methods of the 1980s and the electronic printing technology of the...
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Mar 14, 2006 Smith, Harry
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A very short excerpt of Harry Smith talking about slam dancing, fans and clocks, and pinhole cameras,
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Dec 20, 2005 Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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First half of a lecture by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Wilson plays a few music CDs followed followed by a discussion of William S. Burroughs's book The Western Lands, Marco Polo, Caliph of Cairo, Mongol raids, Arthur Rimbaud and other topics. (Continues on 99P052)
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Dec 12, 2005 Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,...
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